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Vizio TV and OTA channels

Microtubule 7,016 2,089 November 7, 2010 at 02:00 PM
My sister bought a new Vizio TV for her apartment. She does not have cable and was hoping to just pick up on the OTA air channels. She mostly bought it for watching DVDs but was hoping to pick up local channels on it. I thought that LCDs nowadays included internal antennas for OTA viewing. Is an antenna needed to be bought separately and what kind of antenna would work? I could have sworn I picked up over the air channels on my vizio before when I did not have cable. I do have a different model than hers so maybe mine includes an internal antenna? Thanks for the help!

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They don't have internal antenna's, if the signal is strong enough then the TV will pick it up. Just have your sis buy an antenna. A powered or amplified one would work best but plain old rabbit ears should pick up some channels.
Go here http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx for antenna selection and who's broadcasting in her area.
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You need an antenna. It is not internal.

You can start with a paper clip. Unfold one end to make a "L" shape and stick it in the hole. You might get some channels.

Type/size of antenna is going to be dependent on your location and many other factors like terrain, buildings, hills, etc.

Goto http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx and "Choose an Antenna". It will tell you everything you need to know.
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Thanks guys I appreciate it!
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In my opinion, tvfool gives you a much more accurate evaluation of your reception area. Obviously, what type of an antenna you need depends on what OTA channels you want at that location.
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What kind of internet service do you have? If you have cable, then there is a good chance that the OTA channels and then some, might be being transmitted on the cable. Hook it up and check.

I have Comcast, and get all the OTA, plus TNT, NBA League Pass, and a few other channels. I don't pay for cable, only internet.
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Quote from mestizo122 View Post :
What kind of internet service do you have? If you have cable, then there is a good chance that the OTA channels and then some, might be being transmitted on the cable. Hook it up and check.

I have Comcast, and get all the OTA, plus TNT, NBA League Pass, and a few other channels. I don't pay for cable, only internet.
Your not getting OTA channels. The tech that installed your internet forgot to trap the TV portion of the RF signal. Enjoy the free TV while you have it, it took my cable provider 3 years to realize I was getting free TV when I first moved into my house.
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Your not getting OTA channels. The tech that installed your internet forgot to trap the TV portion of the RF signal. Enjoy the free TV while you have it, it took my cable provider 3 years to realize I was getting free TV when I first moved into my house.
I know they are not coming in OTA, I used the term "OTA Channels" to specify standard broadcast and public access, sorry that I was not clear about that. I was alerting the OP that this happens quite a bit, and for him to try it (if he has cable internet).
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